Utc Time Definition

This page is updated monthly and contains a table of leap seconds, the current difference between the UT1 and UTC time scales, and the current UT1 - UTC difference that is being broadcast by NIST (called the DUT1 correction).

Utc time zone definition

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The master clock pulses used by the WWV, WWVH, WWVB, ACTS and Internet Time Service (ITS) time code transmissions are referenced to the UTC(NIST) time scale. Occasionally, 1 s is added to the UTC time scale. This second is called a leap second. Its purpose is to keep the UTC time scale within ±0.9 s of the UT1 astronomical time scale, which changes slightly due to variations in the rotation of the Earth.

  • UTC Time: Definition. Coordinated Universal Time is a modern version of Greenwich Mean Time. As mentioned above, the phrase, which refers to GMT as counted from midnight, was coined in the 1930s. Other than this, one of the biggest differences between GMT and UTC is that UTC does not observe Daylight Saving Time.
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Utc Time Definition

See information about why we need leap seconds.

Leap Seconds

Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is based on International Atomic Time (TAI), but it is adjusted by leap seconds to account for the difference between the definition of the second and the rotation of Earth. This correction keeps UTC in conjunction with the apparent position of the Sun and the stars, and it is the standard used for all general timekeeping applications.
The current difference between UTC and TAI is 37 seconds. (TAI is ahead of UTC by this amount)

No leap second was added at the end of December 2020.

No leap second will be introduced at the end of June 2021.

The first leap second was inserted into the UTC time scale on June 30, 1972. Leap seconds are used to keep the difference between UT1 and UTC to within ±0.9 s. The table below lists all leap seconds that have already occurred, or are scheduled to occur.

Utc coordinated universal time definition

All leap seconds listed in the table are positive leap seconds, which means an extra second is inserted into the UTC time scale. The sequence of events is:

23h 59m 59s - 23h 59m 60s - 00h 00m 00s

Leap Seconds Inserted into the UTC Time Scale

DateMJDDateMJDDateMJDDateMJD
2016-12-31577531998-12-31511781989-12-31478911979-12-3144238
2015-06-30572031997-06-30506291987-12-31471601978-12-3143873
2012-06-30561081995-12-31500821985-06-30462461977-12-3143508
2008-12-31548311994-06-30495331983-06-30455151976-12-3143143
2005-12-31537351993-06-30491681982-06-30451501975-12-3142777
1992-06-30488031981-06-30447851974-12-3142412
1990-12-31482561973-12-3142047
1972-12-3141682
1972-06-3041498

Current UT1-UTC values

This table lists the most recent differences between UT1 and UTC. This information is obtained from the United States Naval Observatory (USNO).

Weekly UT1-UTC Values

Utc Time Definition
DateMJDUT1-UTC(±5 ms)UTC(USNO,MC) - UTC(NIST) (±20 ns)
2021-02-2559270-169.34 ms-2.8 ns
2021-02-1859263-171.96 ms-2.0 ns
2021-02-1159246-169.26 ms-1.8 ns
2021-02-0459249-168.85 ms-1.5 ns
2021-01-2859242-167.30 ms-1.9 ns
2021-01-2159235-171.05 ms-3.1 ns
2021-01-1459228-172.88 ms-3.8 ns
2021-01-0759221-174.85 ms-4.2 ns
Utc Time Definition

DUT1 corrections

Leap seconds ensure that UT1 - UTC will always be held within ±0.9 s. The current value of UT1 - UTC is called the DUT1 correction and is obtained from the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM). DUT1 corrections are broadcast by WWV, WWVH, WWVB and ACTS, and are printed below. These corrections may be added to received UTC time signals in order to obtain UT1.

The resolution of the DUT1 correction is 0.1 s, and represents an average value for an extended range of dates. Therefore, it will not agree exactly with the weekly UT1-UTC(NIST) values shown in the earlier table, which have 1 ms resolution and are updated weekly.

DUT1 (UT1-UTC) corrections broadcast by NIST Kv1e war thunder.

Explain Utc Time

Start DateTimeDUT1 Correction
2019-05-020000 UTC-0.2 s
2019-01-170000 UTC-0.1 s
2018-09-210000 UTC+0.0 s
2018-03-150000 UTC+0.1 s
2017-11-300000 UTC+0.2 s
2017-06-290000 UTC+0.3 s
2017-03-300000 UTC+0.4 s
2017-01-260000 UTC+0.5 s
2017-01-010000 UTC+0.6 s
2016-11-170000 UTC-0.4 s
2016-09-010000 UTC-0.3 s
2016-05-190000 UTC-0.2 s
2016-03-240000 UTC-0.1 s
2016-01-310000 UTC 0.0 s
2015-11-260000 UTC+0.1 s
2015-09-110000 UTC+0.2 s
2015-07-010000 UTC+0.3 s
2015-05-280000 UTC- 0.7 s
2015-03-190000 UTC- 0.6 s
2014-12-250000 UTC- 0.5 s
2014-09-250000 UTC- 0.4 s
2014-05-080000 UTC- 0.3 s
2014-02-200000 UTC- 0.2 s
2013-11-210000 UTC- 0.1 s
2013-08-220000 UTC+ 0.0 s
2013-04-110000 UTC+ 0.1 s
2013-01-310000 UTC+ 0.2 s
2012-10-250000 UTC+ 0.3 s
2012-07-010000 UTC+ 0.4 s
2012-05-100000 UTC- 0.6 s
2012-02-090000 UTC- 0.5 s
2011-11-040000 UTC- 0.4 s
2011-05-120000 UTC- 0.3 s
2011-01-060000 UTC- 0.2 s
2010-06-030000 UTC- 0.1 s
2010-03-110000 UTC+0.0 s
2009-11-120000 UTC+0.1 s
2009-06-110000 UTC+0.2 s
2009-03-120000 UTC+0.3 s
2008-11-200000 UTC- 0.6 s
2008-08-070000 UTC- 0.5 s
2008-03-130000 UTC- 0.4 s
2007-11-290000 UTC- 0.3 s
2007-06-140000 UTC- 0.2 s
2007-03-150000 UTC- 0.1 s
2006-12-220000 UTC+0.0 s
2006-09-280000 UTC+0.1 s
2006-04-270000 UTC+0.2 s
2006-01-010000 UTC+0.3 s
2005-03-170000 UTC- 0.6 s
2004-04-290000 UTC- 0.5 s
2003-04-030000 UTC- 0.4 s
2002-10-240000 UTC- 0.3 s
2002-02-140000 UTC- 0.2 s
2001-10-040000 UTC- 0.1 s
2001-03-010000 UTC+0.0 s